Issue 12, 2022

Polycatenanes: synthesis, characterization, and physical understanding

Abstract

Chemical composition and architecture are two key factors that control the physical and material properties of polymers. Some of the more unusual and intriguing polymer architectures are the polycatenanes, which are a class of polymers that contain mechanically interlocked rings. Since the development of high yielding synthetic routes to catenanes, there has been an interest in accessing their polymeric counterparts, primarily on account of the unique conformations and degrees of freedom offered by non-bonded interlocked rings. This has lead to the synthesis of a wide variety of polycatenane architectures and to studies aimed at developing structure–property relationships of these interesting materials. In this review, we provide an overview of the field of polycatenanes, exploring synthesis, architecture, properties, simulation, and modelling, with a specific focus on some of the more recent developments.

Graphical abstract: Polycatenanes: synthesis, characterization, and physical understanding

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Article information

Article type
Review Article
Submitted
01 Apr 2022
First published
25 May 2022

Chem. Soc. Rev., 2022,51, 4928-4948

Polycatenanes: synthesis, characterization, and physical understanding

G. Liu, P. M. Rauscher, B. W. Rawe, M. M. Tranquilli and S. J. Rowan, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2022, 51, 4928 DOI: 10.1039/D2CS00256F

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